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Poster: midnight sun Date: May 21, 2010 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Specific instrumentation question

i like LLR, nice chord progression and this version has plenty of space between the notes, the way a ballad should be

this is probably Keith, there are no other keys happening that i can detect, and at the end the sound changes into the Fender Rhodes (you can also hear a hint of the Rhodes starting at 2:35) could be an effect on the Rhodes (many keyboardists incorporated phasers, wah, etc into the electronic circuit, Jan Hammer even built his own...) or, the warbly sound would be consistent with an early synth, as there seems to be only one note played at a time (?)

Wake Of The Flood lists quite a few additional performers (including a gal vocalist) but none plays the keys

* Vassar Clements - violin
* Matthew Kelly - harmonica
* Bill Atwood - trumpet
* Joe Ellis - trumpet
* Martín Fierro - saxophone (alto, tenor)
* Sarah Fulcher - vocals
* Frank Morin - saxophone (tenor)
* Pat O'Hara - trombone
* Doug Sahm - bajo sexto
* Benny Velarde - timbales

of particular interest is the bajo sexto (sixth bass? or is it more like, "ya baby, one sexy bassed" :) apparently a twelve string acoustic bass, with 6 sets of strings tuned all in fourths (E,A,D,G,C,F) i find this interesting because many bassists use the guitar as their "piano" (similar to how a horn player or vocalist uses the piano to enable them to hear chording) tuning the 1st and 2nd strings differently than the guitar seems rather odd
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bajo_sexto

sorry for the ramble on, i find unusual instrumentation interesting...

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 22, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Specific instrumentation question

Hey thanks! I appreciate it.

Thought Keith was on baby grand for the first few songs, which is why the organ surprised me. But I think he is on electric piano, so you are probably right.

It really adds something nice to this version of the song. Have there been any threads about Keith's organ work? To me it's one of the things that has always stood out about 5/08/77, for example, but I don't know that I've ever seen it discussed that Keith plays a whole lot of great organ that night.

It is a beautiful song, and I shouldn't have generalized that everyone hates it just because I remember one thread ragging on the goofy lyrics. Goofy lyrics aside, these early versions are terrific because of the pace, and the solo vocal. Bob writes great music, that's all there is to it.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: May 24, 2010 2:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Specific instrumentation question

hey, that's ok...and along with gorgeous chord progressions i'll admit i'm a bit of a chump when it comes to sappy lyrics, even the ones my wife can't stand :)

wanted to be sure you saw this before it slipped over the edge of our flat earth;
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=307547

This post was modified by midnight sun on 2010-05-24 09:45:32

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 24, 2010 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Specific instrumentation question

Hey, thanks for the heads-up on the theremin - that is terrifically cool. I'll spin this show today at work.

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